- Published: 09 February 2015
CHICAGO – Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) is continuing his advocacy for students to understand how to administer compression only CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in an upcoming event co-hosted with Illinois Heart Rescue.
“Compression-only CPR is an extremely effective method of resuscitation in the event of an emergency,” Mulroe said. “CPR alone can double or triple the chances of survival for victims of cardiac arrest, so it stands to reason that the addition of an AED machine could only stand to further multiply those odds.”
Along with State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago), the event will be held at 1 PM Feb. 9 at the Roberto Clemente Community Academy, 1147 N. Western Ave. in Chicago.
Illinois Heart Rescue is a not-for-profit organization founded with the intention of increasing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates. Last year, Mulroe sponsored HB 3724, which added CPR and AED training to health education programs in high schools, also known as Lauren’s Law.
“The problem is that even if these devices are available in schools, not enough people know the proper procedure to use them or they have some fear of becoming engaged,” Mulroe said. “This course at Roberto Clemente Community Academy is the first of many opportunities to show students that not only is it easy to perform CPR or use an AED, but it can make the difference between life and death.”
At the event, ILHR will be announcing a statewide competition inviting high school students to create a video showing others how to administer CPR and use an AED to save lives.
To view photos from the event, please click here.